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    Party-Base Linkages and Contestatory Mobilization in Bolivia’s El Alto Subduing the Ciudad Rebelde


    Brown, John (2020) Party-Base Linkages and Contestatory Mobilization in Bolivia’s El Alto Subduing the Ciudad Rebelde. Latin American Perspectives, 47 (4). pp. 40-57. ISSN 0094-582X

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    Abstract

    Confrontations between Evo Morales’s Movement toward Socialism (MAS)-led government and sectors of his original support base have raised concerns regarding Bolivia’s “process of change.” An empirical analysis of the Regional Workers’ Union and the Federation of Neighborhood Associations in El Alto reveals that extensive and intensive linkages forged between the MAS and its base during confrontations with conservative forces weakened their contestatory efforts and fostered internal splits that the MAS and the right-wing Unidad Nacional (UN) parties actively promoted. The upshot was the emergence of two versions of each organization that existed side-by-side, one aligned with the MAS, the other with UN, and the capacity of the base to hold the government to popular demands was greatly diminished.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Left parties; Popular organizations; Mobilization capacity; Parallelism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 16337
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0094582X20918608
    Depositing User: John Brown
    Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2022 13:36
    Journal or Publication Title: Latin American Perspectives
    Publisher: Sage Journals
    Refereed: Yes
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